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The Knot Best of Weddings - 2021 PickSapphire Creek Winery & Gardens

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Tips & Tricks

Serving Wine Properly

Wine Lessons

What's the right temperature to serve wine?

RED WINE:

It is a misconception that a red wine should be served at room temperature, which would put it somewhere near 70 degrees.

On the contrary, all reds benefit from being served slightly colder than room temperature–somewhere between 58 and 65 degrees, depending on the exact style and/or varietal. In general, complex, mature wines should be served on the warmer end of that spectrum (61 to 65 degrees), which allows drinker to appreciate the full potential of their bouquet. Tannic reds should also be served in the 61 to 65 degree range, since cooler temperatures tend to exaggerate their astringency. Lighter reds, especially those with decent acidity, should be served colder. 55 degrees is appropriate.

WHITE WINE:

White wines should be served colder than reds but not so cold as to mute whites’ already more delicate aromatics. That means you should chill your bottle to somewhere between 45 and 55 degrees, depending on the grape and style. As a general rule, complex, medium- and full-bodied whites should be served on the warmer end of that range, while lighter whites should be served colder to maximize their refreshing qualities. Sparkling whites are served very cold to maintain their crisp carbonation. Sweet white wines are also generally best quite chilled, since warm temperatures can make them seem cloying.

YOU CAN USE THIS CHART AS A GUIDE TO SERVING TEMPERATURE:

Grape / Style Serving Temperature
Ice wine 43-45 F
Sauternes 43-45 F
Sparkling Wines 43-45 F
Chenin Blanc 45 F
Pinot Gris / Grigio 45 F
Rosé 45 F
Sauvignon Blanc 45 F
Riesling 50 F
Viognier 50 F
Gewürztraminer 50 F
Chardonnay 50-55 F
White Bordeaux Blends 50-55 F
Beaujolais 55 F
Gamay 55 F
Barbera 55-60 F
Cabernet Franc 55-60 F
Grenache 55-60 F
Pinot Noir 55-60 F
Port 55-60 F
Tempranillo 55-60 F
Cabernet Sauvignon 60-65 F
Merlot 60-65 F
Malbec 60-65 F
Nebbiolo 60-65 F
Red Bordeaux Blends 60-65 F
Sangiovese 60-65 F
Syrah 60-65 F
Zinfandel 60-65 F
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First visit -- had dinner with two other couples. Venue was lovely, rustic and charming. Dinner was delicious, we sat by the window overlooking the water and fire feature. Weddings must be beautiful here.

Carol T.

We had the most wonderful time here and the food was impeccable. The staff was wonderful and went above and beyond for us. We will definitely be back and bring friends and family with us!

Sara S.

The day of our wedding was beautifully done! The entire day they checked up on us to make sure we were happy. That is exactly how you want to feel the day of your wedding! We had our dream wedding and you helped make that possible!

Aschli N.